It was so good to see the hearty souls that ventured out yesterday, despite the weather! I pray that everyone got home safely. We missed those of you who weren’t able to get out.
A couple of things you might want to know: Ray Ensor had two surgeries last week to bypass an aneurysm in his neck. Ray has not yet gone home from the hospital and still needs our prayers. Peggy Eline is still not herself and has been moved to the Lorien in Mays Chapel. We have had 2 deaths in the last week, Bernardine Walker and Bertha Cooper . Please hold all of these folks in prayer. I also shared that Terri Rae Chattin’s father, Vernon, died on Friday at age 95. Many of you know that Terri Rae, a former RUMC pastor, is my best friend, so Rich and I will be driving out to Indiana on Wednesday afternoon for the visitation on Thursday and funeral on Fri-day. Cards may be sent to Terri Rae c/o St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 7538 Main St., Sykesville, MD 21784.
This Sunday we will be focusing on the part of a good play or story called ”Rising Action” – when conflict arises, for example. The theme for the day has to do with how God provides: God will provide all you need for the journey.
I’m so glad that some of you are engaging in the study and in responding during the sermon. Faith is definitely not a “spectator sport,” and the whole purpose of the series during this Lenten season is to help us each, individually, connect with God’s story. As is very often the case with most anything of value, what you get out of your faith journey will frequently depend on what you put into it. So, I have a couple of questions for us as we continue this series:
What am I willing to do to connect more deeply with God?
The pastor has suggested several ways to engage:
- join a study group
- write my answers to questions posed during the sermon
- or to Tweet them!
- read the devotions daily from The God Story
- use the Family Devotional Guide.
Are they just “there,” or are you reaching deep down to answer the questions?
Lent is a time when we are called to deep, inner reflection. I hope that you will use the resources available to you for that purpose. Grow your faith – deeper and wider – this Lenten season!
A few things that have moved to the top of the “urgent” list, largely due to the weather:
Kris Brown and Rachel Brown, the leaders of our casserole ministry for Our Daily Bread (ODB), announced yesterday that they are doing something a little different for Lent. This week and again the week of April 12, you are invited to contribute peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (or a jar of peanut butter and jelly or the money to buy them) in addition to the casseroles. ODB gives their guests a sandwich to take with them each time they come to eat. Anyone can participate in this. Just make a few pb&j sandwiches, wrap them in sandwich bags and get them to the church by Thursday afternoon. Kris has partnered in this new part of the ministry with Mt. Gregory UMC in Cooksville, where she has a family connection!
The Dr. Seuss Celebration did not take place Sunday. It has been rescheduled for this coming Sunday, March 8th.
The Spaghetti Dinner sponsored by the Youth Group for the purpose of raising funds for their mission trips (to fund such things as construction materials for their work sites) is March 14, 4 to 7 pm. You can now buy your tickets on the church’s website, using Vanco, our online giving “app.” Instructions are posted on the website. To be clear, this would not be a donation, just a purchase. Get your tickets now!
The Chili Cook-off is March 15. Sign up now to enter! Email the church office and we will get the info out to the Men’s Fellowship.
Have a wonderful and safe week! See you Sunday!
Blessings on you,